The new Sinatra™ Barbie® doll exudes the superstar’s trademark cool, something I’ve often wished I could do. In high school, I even tried to emulate Sinatra’s song stylings…
by Matt Stevens, photo by James Williams
As a former Southern boy, nothing takes me back to the land of Dixie quicker than hearing an Elvis Presley song. See, I was raised in the King’s hometown, Memphis, since I was knee-high to a duck. To this day, I can’t help falling in love with “Love Me Tender” and “Jailhouse Rock.”
by Matt Stevens
Who is that fresh-faced, feathered-hair beauty? As a latchkey kid in the ’70s, raised on a steady diet of TV, I sat up in my beanbag chair every time Farrah Fawcett appeared onscreen. Somehow she made the glow of our Zenith glow even brighter.
From serving in the U.S. Signal Corps to extensive work in music, television, and film, photographer Bruce McBroom has had an epic career. You may know him best for his iconic photo of Farrah Fawcett, the best-selling poster of all time and the inspiration for the new Farrah Fawcett Doll. Read on for an exclusive Q & A with the man whose shot was bought round the world!
It’s been 35 years since the Farrah poster debuted. How do you feel about its enduring appeal?
I think the enduring appeal of the poster relates to the simpler time it was - no 24-hour TV, Internet, YouTube, TMZ, tabloids, and paparazzi. Farrah was such a sweet all-American girl, and the photo portrayed that while still being a little "sexy." Women and girls liked it as well as men and boys. People still tell me stories about the poster they had, or their boyfriend had, in their dorm room or garage or police station or the back of the office door. Somehow, it stuck in everyone’s memory.
by Matt Stevens
A horror auteur was obsessed with her. A European prince fell in love with her. And millions of fans were captivated by her remarkable film career and fairytale life. We still are.
If you had to pick a color to represent the summer months, what would it be?
Since we’re talkin’ Barbie® here, naturally it’s got to be pink! That includes Barbie pink as well as all the gorgeous shades that brighten your garden this time of year.
by Matt Stevens
There’s a faded, black-and-white photo hanging on my wall. It’s me at age three (when I was cute, as my older siblings tease), wearing a tiny Batman™ cape, mask, and t-shirt. Though I have no memory of this adorable getup (I was cute in it!), my earliest remembrances do include (to my mother’s horror) my hopping on the living room furniture — leaping tall buildings and shooting spider webs from my wrists!
Wrapping Up the 2011 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection
by Tara Zucker
When I think of Russia, I think of many things - majestic snow-covered landscapes, great works of literature, and a culture rich with tradition. But mostly I think about fabulous hats and boots. And spies. And that is why I'm so drawn to the 2011 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection.
By Pat Henry, Editor of Fashion Doll Quarterly
As we continue to celebrate Ken’s birthday as well as his reunion with Barbie in 2011, it is fun to look back at Ken through the years and his many styles of dress. Certainly, his place as Barbie’s consort meant a lot of coordinating looks. “Dreamboat” by itself is just a few pieces of sportswear, but putting Barbie and Ken in the roadster while Babs is in “Open Road” becomes an entire narrative.
Certainly, the matching cheerleader/football player is a classic, as is the costume party pairing of “Pierrot” and “Pierrette”, along with the fantasy driven costumes for the Little Theatre, like “Cinderella” and “The Prince”. But to me, the realistic and well made details of “The Yachtsman” or “Rally Day” reminds me of my own father’s wardrobe. The smell of after shave and soap, along with the classic lines of a striped tee shirt, or a driving cap and a Macintosh raincoat, combine to form a tiny time capsule of early sixties high style, when men (and women) still dressed for work and play with a certain sensibility.
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